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Grateful Dead Live at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds on 1972-08-27

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Grateful Dead Live at Old Renaissance Faire Grounds on 1972-08-27

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Deal, Black Throated Wind, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Mexicali Blues, Bertha Playin' In The Band, He's Gone, Jack Straw, Bird Song, Greatest Story Ever Told Dark Star-> El Paso, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Old Renaissance Faire Grounds
Location Veneta, OR

Source SBD-> two-track MR-> DAT-> Sonic Solutions-> CDR-> EAC-> Sound Forge Edit (analog pop removal using pencil tool)-> Sound Forge Pitch Shift (antialias filter followed by pitch shift of +19 cents)


SBD-> two-track MR-> DAT-> Sonic Solutions-> CDR-> EAC-> Sound Forge Edit (analog pop removal using pencil tool)-> Sound Forge Pitch Shift (antialias filter followed by pitch shift of +19 cents); stemming from David Gans seed, via Adam Jerugim to Leigh Orf, who fixed up (see details in info file); d3 trackd for 80 min; note previous shn sets have been Betty Board sourced- this is not


Reviewer: shnaholic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2017
Subject: one of the must haves gd shows
this should be in every live gd tapers and tapers collections.
cant pick just one so ive narrowed it down to about 100 or so.
Reviewer: gwelch0806 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2016
Subject: Greatest Show of all time
This is it everybody. It doesn't get any better than this. The most spiritual and psychedelic performance of their career. Absolutely stunning. Anytime somebody wants to get into the dead this is always the first place I send them.
Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2016
Subject: This show was in New hampshire on 2/8/86
Anyone who listens to this stuff is completely insane, try the latter end of the Playin, and when doing that don't jump off a cliff or go skydiving naked. If you do, at least email me back to tell Ken and I about it, thanks. I was at this show too, and what pissed me off the most about it was that no one would get off their cell phones for even 2 seconds during the announcements, even when it was about a lost kid. Good thing George Jetson was there with his Russian radar jammer, otherwise god only knows what might have happened. I give it 4.5, or as such five stars.
Reviewer: danedown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2015
Subject: Best China Cat
Reviewer: dreatimeland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2015
Subject: Veneta/Eugene/SF/Santa Cruz
When the Dead were not on tour where did many of the core Dead Heads go?
The reason why this is show is so exceptional is because so many Heads lived/live in Eugene, as well as SF and Santa Cruz.
Not only is the quality of the music exceptional, but the overall environment would have been so high.

When I listen to the these GD shows on the archive I try to imagine what the surrounding environment (the venue, audience, GD band members, historical significance) was like at that time.
For me, I prefer West Coast shows. Even some of those shows that are deemed "too mellow" by East Coast crew are absolutely relevant to me.
Of course, I enjoy listening to East Coast shows, but if I could be transported back in time; Veneta would be one of my first stops. After that I would go to the Acid Test at the Fillmore, which is akin to this Veneta show. Veneta was like a family reunion.

Then there is Winterland, Great American Music Hall, the Greek Theater, Frost Amphitheater, Henry J. Kaiser to consider, before I would even think about venues such as Barton Hall or even, I dare say, the Fillmore East or the Capitol theater.
Reviewer: Wang Dong - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2014
Subject: Another one of the best!
For me, there is nothing like Dead jamming from 72. The jamming on China Cat is the best ever. The PITB jam is the best as well. This show also has a spectacular Greatest Story. . .Bertha is a top 5 for this era, and Deal is also there.
One of the best Dark Stars ever, but that #1title goes to the 9/27/72 DS, which coincidentally has the runner up prize for best PITB jam.
Now that DS is a monster/long. Tune in at the 19 minute mark and you will hear a musical improvisational journey like no other. Well maybe except the epilogue/prelude jam from Europe 72, aka 5/26/72. But definitely the best DS jam is that final 18 minutes from 9/27/72.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2014
Subject: very acidic
njpg please focus on Bird Song, China Cat, Bertha, Playin' (best ever), Greatest Story, Casey Jones and get back to us.
Reviewer: MR.SUNSHINE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2013
Subject: Sing me Back Home
Love this show! Had the good fortune of seeing it in theaters on Jerry's birthday, and today I finally got to listen to the entire concert on some high grade vinyl. Definitely a transitional phase for the Dead, you can hear some of that 69 magic psychedelia, some of that 70-72 rootsy space cowboy, and some of that 73 jazz. Donna is awesome and Bobby is really getting after it, while Jerry is tapping into another realm. Sing me Back home is beautiful, the footage of them playing it is really powerful as there was barely any lighting and the picture becomes very surreal as the band fades into the darkness. A five star show for sure.
Reviewer: wingmaninflight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2013
Subject: beats 5 8 77
it was 104 degrees and the band was hot in many ways i think it blows that crazed barton show away the playin in the band will melt your face
Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2013
Subject: Comparison
I always compared every Dark Star to 9/21/72 only because that Dark Star has everything, jam, spacy jam, space even a little bluegrass thrown in to me it's 36 minutes of bliss. Then I gave this one a listen to (a real listen) and discovered that this a DEEP Dark Star it's only 31 minutes long however in those 31 minutes it packs a wallop. Plus the PITB is eargasmic. The whole show should get 10 stars however I'll give it a 5. How long until September 17?
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2013
Subject: --
Nothing more to add. One of the all-time greats. Sunshine Daydream is finally getting released, and it looks like a doozy (blu-ray?!?!)

If you haven't seen that film, it's essential. About as hippie-dippie as it ever got (check that wigged-out astral-naut behind the band, up on that pole, during China Cat).
Reviewer: Bruce Matzkin - - August 20, 2013
Subject: Virus!
I went to the site in the previous post and dtried to download... gave me a virus. Shared on fb and locked my account. Anybody know how to deal?
Reviewer: PTrollin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2013
Subject: Awesome show, available to download here
Reviewer: whisperingsin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2013
Subject: Soundboard Recordings
are only available to Stream
Reviewer: 19dead72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2013
Subject: Download to computer
How do I download this to my computer
Reviewer: Visionaries - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2013
Subject: BEST SHOW!!
This is my favorite full show ever, I have yet to find another live recording i enjoy more..what an incredible recording!

I am 18 and have been addicted to the dead for a couple years now..I cant even explain the feeling when you 'melt' into the know what I mean.

The jam on Playing in the Band is out of this world!! And the China Cat Sunflower > I know you rider is so amazing..what am I saying here..this whole recording is wonderful. I wish I could have been around when Jerry was alive but I can at least enjoy full live shows thanks to Archive..check out the video footage for this whole concert its great

this Dark Star will throw you into a hole, it holds you captive and when you ride out the audible trip you are rewarded with a spur of the moment El Paso :) awesome!!
Reviewer: jjf47 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2013
Subject: Great DARK STAR!!!
... oh_uh_um_ah yes the youtube video is great despite the interspacing of "hip" stuff as a pretend lightshow. The only problem with that is - with a real lightshow, the dead are actually there and you can watch them at the same time. Here, it's just a bunch of stupid crap when I'd much rather watch the dead play dark star. But the video of the dead for the most part was so cool and it does bring back those days when I'd see them in concert at the Avalon or the Fillmore. For that alone, I'm giving this five stars. A downer was seeing Keith and missing Pig's presence although he probably was too sick to attend but it wasnt' such a downer that it's anything less than five stars. Although even Mickey was absent for some reason. Anybody know why? Bobby still had his ponytail. Cool. They were all pretty much into it. Peace.
Reviewer: LSD Millionaire - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2013
Subject: Love the Dead
My dad was at this show when he was 17 and i saw them at the Portland Meadows in May 1995 when i was 17....... DEAD FAMILY........ KEEP IT GO.N and just saw Further at the Edgefield in Portland Sept. 2012 Bobby and Phil were AWESOME unbelievable set list look it up
Reviewer: brownroux - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2012
Subject: mexicali blues & bobw
just doesnt get any better kids!!!
nothing better than live dead!
peace UD
Reviewer: TheHag - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2012
Subject: wow
40 years?! This show will stay relevant for the next 200.
Reviewer: bomoski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2012
Subject: Sunshine Daydream film
Here is a little video chronicling that very hot day in the hills of Oregon which should either confirm or dispel the various takes on this show. Sounds (AND LOOKS) good to me.
Reviewer: pauggroove - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2012
Subject: Classic '72 Dead
It just doesn't get any better than this. The contrast of the tight playing to loose jams is just unbelievable. Standouts include Playin', Dark Star and China>Rider. Sing Me Back Home is perfectly placed and Donna actually sounds great. How I wish I could have been there. An absolute must have show. Thank you to and everybody involved with all the recordings on here.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2012
Subject: A mighty fine show '72 style
I don't know if this is the best Grateful Dead show of all time. I haven't heard them all and I've always been partial to 12/31/71 and 12/14/71, not to mention many of the Europe '72 shows and 02/28/69 and 11/11/73 among many other shows from many other years. It all depends on what you're looking for I suppose. I will say this is the best show post Pigpen in 1972, which of course makes it one of the best Grateful Dead shows of all time.

Others have pointed to videos of this show on YouTube. Check them out! That the video hasn't been officially released is in my estimation, criminal. Perhaps not as bad as covering puppies with latex paint, but criminal none the less.
Reviewer: WTHN MASON - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2012
Subject: I Had A Hard Run...
Reviewer: rebelsaint - - January 15, 2012
Subject: Dick's Picks and Road Trips
you can download them on Soulseek.
Reviewer: peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2011
Subject: quit whining
Rebelsaint, they made the music; they have every right in a free world to make a buck off it. And when I choose to, I buy official releases that I want. There is plenty of available music on the Archive. Be thankful there is anything at all.

That said, I understand lots of folks love this show and it has its moments, but the continuity is always broken by the frequent stage announcements. The weather also was dastardly for the tuning of the instruments.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2011
Subject: There are better versions of this recording,
and I regard it as a good, rather than great, show.
Reviewer: stellabill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2011
Subject: awesome show
this show has lots of energy from beginning to end. Jerry lets loose on Bertha and Playin'
is great. lots of great songs all done very well
Reviewer: iandisoftheworld - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2011
Subject: great china cat --> rider
One of the hottest china cat --> rider segues I've ever heard. Great quality recording, as well!
Reviewer: ellisthemess - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2011
Subject: playing in the band
this is without a doubt the greatest playing in the band i have ever heard and bi have been to more than 300 shows. it does melt into a dream but the tapes document it all 5 stars of course .i will only give five stars if dark star is me a snob.this show is definitely a top 5 desert island tape.
Reviewer: drmlabs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2011
Subject: watch this show on the anniversary -
watch the whole show HERE:

amazing show
Reviewer: mellowmymind5453 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2011
Subject: Colorado in 1972
Saw this movie sunshine daydream at Univ @ Colorado in 1974 and was blown away by the music, Hearing this only confirms my impressions. China cat is amazing and rest of show is an acid-fueled phenomenon including DARK STAR. Which goes into unknown realms. indeed a 5,
Reviewer: sleepingtiger - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2011
Subject: Greatest Story ever told.
Felt the highlight of this show was the Greatest Story Ever Told, and definitely China Cat Sunflower.

Gotta admit i love the more recent shows, as this seems very clean cut.
Reviewer: Thedudeman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2011
Subject: WOW!
Just wow. Seriously, never get tired listening to this show.

Anyone else impressed with the Darkstar?

I sure am. Its honestly too bad there isnt a special 6 star rating!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2011
Reviewer: falomarcdawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2011
Subject: one of the greats
This is truly one of the greats, almost certain i had a tape of this in my collection in college. This is a must have, must listen, and once you have listened once you should play it back and you will be even more impressed.
Reviewer: GarciaGrateful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2010
Subject: What a Masterpiece of a Show!
I am sitting here jiving but also banging my head against my desk for no having listened to this stunning show before. People have said it before and I'll say it again - this show simply CANNOT receive a rating under 5 stars. If you think it does, have your head examined.
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2010
Subject: Bob on fire
Bob cooks on this one from the first licks of promised land to the end.This was my first tape of the grateful dead i recieved when i first started trading tapes back in gool ol' days and i was hooked for life.Topless women everywhere in the crowd at this show and the whole band was on fire.Whats not to like?No wonder everyone here rates this a five star show.get this classic!
Reviewer: gerryjarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: yes
this China/Rider is effin' amazing! hot as hell outside and the boys still rip right through it. probably heard this version a hundred times and it still gets me movin' every time.
Reviewer: Clydefrog4963 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2010
Subject: Great Early Dead
I opened an archive account a few months ago and have downloaded a couple dozen shows (mainly 80's [im a big brent fan]). I found a 71 show CD my brother had left in my car the other day and popped it in. Needless to say, I got to hear a whole new younger dead and I loved it. This is a truly amazing show. There are no mp3 download links on archive, but I found a zip file on megaupload.

MP3 DOWNLOAD:,g/Grateful-Dead-1972-08-27-Old-Renaissance-Faire-Grounds-Veneta-OR.html
Reviewer: Treeline - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2010
Subject: W. O. W.
A three set thriller. Would love to see an official movie release.
Reviewer: East Coast Dave in WA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2010
Subject: No need to write this, but.....
This has got to be on the top-ten shows ever list. Top five, even. I like "the Pigpen era" best, but this is an all-time classic, even without his presence. Playin', Dark Star, Bird Song, everything is just top-notch Dead. Inspired and inspiring. A great, great, great-beyond words show.
Reviewer: rareiff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2010
Subject: WOW What a find.....
My wife and I went to see Dark Star Orchestra last week and hooked up with a true Dead Head much younger that we are. Talking to him we found out that about the video for this show that we never knew about. This show happened the day our daughter was born at 12:45am in the morning. We had just moved to Eugene in July and bought our tickets at Springfield Creamery weeks before. My wife rested comfortably in the Eugene hospital so in the afternoon I made my way out to concert. What an incredible experience - I shared this concert experience with many of my friends over the years and come to find out this week that it is memorialized in video. Absolutely the best - thanks Michael.
Reviewer: Corman3769 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2010
Subject: Playin the band
WOW! Unreal...........Unreal
Reviewer: ShowLove_ShineLight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2009
Subject: The Field Trip. Happy Anniversary.
Listening to this show as a sixteen year old, molded my style for what my ears and heart love most. Definitely on the bus after hearing this show. This is what I had been searching for, my whole life. Whenever anyone asks to be turned on to the dead, the first thing I play is this China>Rider. Woah, what a climax.

I recall being very upset about the tragic death of a friend, and they were repeating "He's gone.".. He's gone like a steam locomotive and nothing's gonna bring him back. It struck a very emotional nerve.. and then, seemingly out of nowhere, the clouds lift, the sun shines and the angelic words of Nothing Left to do but SMILE SMILE SMILE. So true. With that optimism, I haven't been the same since.
Reviewer: CommanderCraig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2009
Subject: Keith is particularly good here . . .
. . . very in the moment and full of good musical ideas.
Reviewer: rick e. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2009
Subject: Sunshine Daydream
I had a vhs of the unreleased movie "Sunshine Daydream" back in the '80's and I always thought it was the most interesting Dead I have seen on Video.Also had all 3 set Sbd tapes ..Must say this one is psychedelic for sure ..melting with wholesome Deadness..Hopefully we will get an official release of the movie at some point...
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2009
Subject: 8-27-72
What a fun show.
The heat and the fire truck do the rest...

God bless the greatful dead
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2008
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD August 27, 1972 "Live" at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon U.S.A.
#############_"Smokin'_Hot_GRATEFUL DEAD Show"

5 Star Recording
5 Star Mix
5 Star Performance

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

30 Thousand plus downloads says it all...

Eat, Drink Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

The Internet Archive recommends RealPlayer for streaming and downloading using Windows XP.

You can watch the performance of DARK STAR at:

You can watch the performance of JACK STRAW at:

You can watch the performance of EL PASO at:

You can watch the performance of CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER pt1 at:

OR copy and paste this into your browswer and get all the results for: GRATEFUL DEAD Veneta OR 1972:

THANKS FOR THE LOVE..."Merry Christmas, folks"
Reviewer: The_Other_One1165 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2008
Subject: Love This
I Love this set wut a great recording it realy makes u feel your out there on a hot day with a head full going on a magical ride with the dead. this set realy captures the magical time in dead history.
Reviewer: happy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2008
Subject: Here's how to stream MP3s and rip
Here we go. Un-hide your temporary internet files folder (from My Computer, select C: drive, then go to Tools, Folder Options, select "View" tab, make sure "show hidden files and folders" is selected, and click "apply to all folders"), and then just stream the audio. Each audio file shows up as a separate MP3 file in your (C:\documents and settings\[your user name]\Local settings\temporary internet files folder. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR XP, NOT VISTA. From there you just drag and drop them out to a new folder on your desktop. Then, burn away.
Reviewer: Tie-Dyed Tom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2008
Subject: Sun drenched
Love this show! I have to agree w/ the others it is one of the best. Sugaree was very well put together. Uncle and BTW were awesome. During China Cat, I went into this crazy tangent looking up the lyrics and potential meaning of the lyrics. I found a great site, by David Dodd. Re-read these lyrics and try to get into the mind that would write such poetry.

Look for awhile at the China Cat Sunflower
proud-walking jingle in the midnight sun

Copper-dome Bodhi drip a silver kimono
like a crazy-quilt stargown through a dream night wind

Krazy Kat peeking through a lace bandana
like a one-eyed Cheshire like a diamond-eye Jack

A leaf of all colors plays a golden string fiddle
to a double-e waterfall over my back

Comic book colors on a violin river crying Leonardo words from out a silk trombone

I rang a silent bell beneath a shower of pearls
in the eagle wing palace of the Queen Chinee

Bertha was great and the Playin’ was topping out at 17 minutes and had me wondering if time had slowed down... it did. It was sheer rip in the space/time continuum. He's Gone was groovy. I always feel like I can taste the color blue when I hear it. I guess it was that time I thought they were singing it about me and was experiencing a little synersesia. Jack Straw, Excellent. Bird Song played beautifully. The stage banter is hysterical. What was in the drinking water!
Greatest story was awesome. I sort of zoned out watching the visualization on my screen. In the history of man kind, there are few accomplishments worthy of greater accolade than that of the visualizer to watch while listening to the Dead. I'm forced to use Windows Media Player since my company blocks me from downloading Flash from the site but, even in its rudimentary options, the visualizer shows every string played, drum beat, note sang, and sound heard. Dark Star is also mystically cascading through the night. What a great night to be out under the stars watching the camp fire and listening to these great tunes. Thanks! Plenty of plenty of between song banter! Dark Star is so jazzy (almost Dave Brubeckish) and integrated. I have to say it is one of my favorite versions too. You can hear the crowd whistling and cheering. Melodic, Connected, Simply beautiful. The transitive nightfall of diamonds was like a glistening shower in the darkness. Great Sugar Magnolia. Sing me back home was delightful. I didn't know that it was a Merle Haggard song, like Mama Tried. A nice line in that song is: Make my old memories come alive
Take me away and turn back the years. Sugar Mags and Casey Jones were very nice, too.
Reviewer: shermski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2008
Subject: Legendary
This show has always been known as the most incredible show ever, I'm so glad archive has this show up and running. The dead returned to Ken Kesey's humble Veneta creamery abode in 1982, and then tried to return @ 8/27/91. That sadly never took place due to Jerry's health problems, my dad still has tickets for it and said he was never more dissapointed. This hot LSD filled day was for sure nothing short of spectacular.
Reviewer: confusionallover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2008
Subject: Buy Nancys!
This show was recorded at a yogurt cremery! Buy Nancy's yogurt and cottage cheese made by Nancy Kesey yes that Kesey family. The dead played at their creameries several times. Live cultures baby!
Reviewer: patourkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2008
Subject: This is it!!!
If it gets any better than this, I don't know if I could stand it. I never hate on Donna but on the same hand I never sing her praises either, I gotta give it up here though!!! Sing Me Back Home is SPOT ON!! She is right on. This show is an obvious must have.
Reviewer: psm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2005
Subject: Forbidden ?!
HELP! Can't access any songs from this show: I get a Forbidden/Access Denied error. What's up? HELP!!!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: Pick of the litter
From start to finish this is best show they ever did. All the pistons were firing, there is humour - Ken Kesey is hilarious, dogs are barking at the beginning of dark star, Donna crushes it and it is so sad to listen to her late in the game a derivative of this performance. Jerry's use of the wawa and the plaintive howls that produces. Dark star is arguably one of the best & there is no better version of playin and bertha is really really hot. Love the 1972 echo as well. This is the tape that goes to the grave with me. 6/5
Reviewer: ComptonAssTerry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2004
Subject: mommy and daddies
"If you dont know about it, you dont wanna". - Bobby
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2004
Subject: Hot show...
Another perfect show from 72! This show just bubbles over with energy from start to finish. Every song is solid with Dark Star standing out as one of the best ever played IMHO. The stage banter between songs is priceless and really adds to the atmosphere to this show. Sound is also great which is why I replaced my old copy with this in the first place. A must have!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2004
Subject: Top 5!
Another show that defies description. Widely held
as the best Dead show of all, and it's hard to argue with that claim. Every song is played to near perfection. Many folks' favorite versions of
Playin, Bird Song, Greatest Story, etc. When you listen to the Dark Star,picture that the sun was just setting, and the stars were appearing as the set began. This is post Europe, post Pigpen, and the band were stretching out their jazz fusion jams. The Dark Star and Playin, particularly foreshadow their 1973-74 sound. Get yourself a good stereo, a cozy chair and light up something stinky. A show that will never cease to amaze you!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: johnson420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2004
Subject: A must have
I have the video for this show, this is a great day for the daed. It was hot, but so were they. And this version is the one to get.
Reviewer: heinekenjeff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2004
Subject: 8-27-02
Highly reccommended show. This was my second download from this site. I looked for it right away. I think I first got this tape in '89 or something, sounded like crap, but I could still tell it was awesome. This is the version to get with all of the talking. there are not many shows out there like this with all of the talking, it is special from start to finish. Ask any longtime deadhead which show he would like to have been at and this would be very high on the list. HOT!!
Reviewer: xonix - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2004
Subject: The dog's bollocks of Grateful Dead shows
This is the show that got me, and many many others, into the Dead.

So many of the songs on this setlist are my favourite ever live performances of them. Why? Because Jerry's riffs are perfectly chosen. The jamming is inspired. Everyone is playing in perfect harmony with each other. And the banter between tracks is entertaining, making you feel like you were there (what I wouldn't give to have been there....). I have never heard a better Me & My Uncle, Deal, Black Throated Wind, China Cat Sunflower, I Know You Rider, He's Gone, Jack Straw, Bird Song and Greatest Story Ever Told. That 11 of my favourite performances of those staple Dead songs in one single show, and I pretty close to including a few more...

The Dark Star performed on this show while not my favourite ever (that would have to go to Live/Dead), is my favourite excluding 1969. The jam is amazing, its so progressive... starting of really relazed and low key and building to a chaotic yet somehow ordered climax. You have surely heard how Dark Star can be like a steller journey, this version surely lives up to that. Its the story of dying star... a supernova.

I have often wondered why this day stands out so much amoungst so many other excellent '72 shows. The video of this concert, Sunhine Daydream, offers a partial insight: A free outdoor concert on an absolutely schorching day, children playing everywhere, running up onto the stage in front of the band, everyone relaxing having fun eating icecream, dacin naked, and Jerry is playing his Fender Strat... that explains the lovely tone he's getting which complements the country & western style songs in the setlist so damn well.

Get this show... its as simple as that. Put this on your best sound system, sit down or lie down, and do whatever you do to relax. Listen to the whole show straight through... let the Grateful Dead take you on a long strange trip.

This version is better than the other on this site, as it has the amusing stage announcement banter between tracks and remains 3 cds.
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Source: SBD>16 Track Master Reels>DAT@44.1K>DAT>DAT>WAV>SHN
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 10,481
favorite 15
comment 10
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Source: (SET I and II) SBD > Re-Mixed Master RTR > DAT > SSSB. (SET III) SBD > Re-Mixed Master RTR > PCM (via analog inputs and outputs) > DAT > SSSB
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 27,382
favorite 48
comment 4
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Source: Master Betty reel > PCM > DAT > ZA2 > CD > EAC > SHN
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 23,814
favorite 27
comment 4
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Source: SBD > Master Reel
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 3,630
favorite 6
comment 5
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Source: Soundboard
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 255,285
favorite 378
comment 114
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 114 reviews )
Source: Soundboard with patches from Audience
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 20,333
favorite 40
comment 29
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 29 reviews )
Source: SBD> MR (16 track)> DAT> [Disc 3 only: SS]> Sound Forge 4.5>CDR
Grateful Dead
by Grateful Dead
eye 9,743
favorite 9
comment 11
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Source: In-House FM>PCM>Dat>CD via Mike Murray